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Red Cross Honoring Real Heroes

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The Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross will honor several people for extraordinary courage at its Real Heroes Breakfast on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 a.m. at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads.

The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrates the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by recognizing people from throughout the region who have performed heroic acts in life-threatening situations. The honorees include first responders as well as ordinary citizens who are directly responsible for saving a life or multiple lives.

Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Last year, the Finger Lakes Chapter provided nearly $66,000 in direct financial assistance to 118 families impacted by fire and other local disasters in Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties.

Tickets are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, or for more information, call the Finger Lakes Chapter at (607) 936-3766

2016 Real Heroes:

Blood Donor – Mort Sadinsky

Sadinksy started donating blood in 1972, and he has been a regular donor ever since. During that time, he has 29 gallons of blood. Each pint can save up to three lives, meaning Sadinsky has potentially saved nearly 700 lives.

Education – Sheri Neu

As an instructor for the Physical Education Department at Haverling High School in Bath, Neu trains staff, coaches and students in First Aid, CPR and lifeguarding. She relied on her skills and knowledge to save the life of a young boy who was choking at an area restaurant.

Good Neighbor – Mike Waters and Ed Wood

Waters and Wood were both driving trucks on their regular early-morning route for the Elmira Sanitation Department when they came upon a man lying on a snowy driveway. They called 9-1-1 and, before paramedics arrived, they took off their coats and placed them on the injured man. The temperature was about 10 degrees at the time.

Good Samaritan – Edward Harrington

Harrington was on the job as an assistant manager at an auto repair shop when he heard a crash outside. A vehicle had struck a utility pole. Harrington pried open the driver’s door to reach an unconscious woman inside. She wasn’t breathing, so he started performing CPR. When first responders arrived, Harrington helped remove the victim from the vehicle. 

Law Enforcement – NYS Trooper Charles Williams

A man was driving along Watkins Road in Horseheads when he apparently went into cardiac arrest, lost control of the vehicle, veering off the road and onto a residential lawn. The accident occurred right across from the State Police Barracks. Trooper Williams and several colleagues quickly responded. The driver was unconscious and the doors were locked, so Williams shattered the windows. He and other rescuers pulled the man out, and Williams used an AED and CPR to resuscitate the victim.

Lifeline – MacKenzie Stone

When driving to his residence, Stone noticed a woman lying on concrete near the front steps of a home, struggling to get up. He stopped to assist and called 9-1-1. When an ambulance arrived, EMTs determined the victim may have a serious head injury and called for a helicopter. They transported her to a nearby airfield.

Medical – Winnie Romeril

Romeril is a Flight Paramedic for Mercy Flight, and volunteers with several ambulance services in Steuben County. She is also a long-time volunteer with the Red Cross. Romeril’s humanitarian efforts span the globe, responding to a typhoon in Asia, the earthquake in Haiti and, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Military – Sgt. Brent Nadjadi

While deployed to the Middle East, U.S. Army Sgt. Nadjadi was seriously injured by a roadside bomb. He was awarded a Purple Heart. Following many years of surgeries and rehabilitation, Sgt. Nadjadi, returned to his hometown of Bath where he has continued his service to the community. He is an active member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, serving in the Fire Police division. He also joined the Red Knights Firefighters Motorcycle Club, which holds an annual charity ride to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, and is a volunteer umpire and coach in local Little League, Babe Ruth and Youth Wrestling programs.

Workplace Safety – Abe Agosto, Bob Case, Jimmy Cacala, Jason Hulslander, Evan Miller and Brad Sampson

After completing his shift at Anchor Glass, an employee collapsed in the locker room. It was witnessed by co-workers who immediately came to his aid. They performed CPR, administered an AED and called for assistance. The man’s pulse was restored, and he was transported to a hospital. He spent several weeks in the hospital, then additional time recovering at home. He fully recovered and returned to work four-and-a-half months later.